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Important Information about AP Exams, International Baccalaureate & A-Levels Credit


The Chemistry Department recognizes the accomplishment of students who have performed well on the Chemistry AP examination.  A student who has earned a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam will receive one elective course credit (CHM179).  CHM179 will not serve as a prerequisite to any existing chemistry courses, nor will it be counted as a chemistry course elective for the chemistry major or the minor. CHM179 will not fulfill the College’s lab science requirement, nor would it carry the NSP designation. Students who wish to continue taking courses in the Chemistry Department have two options: 

1) A student may elect to take CHM111, in which case he or she would retain the CHM179 credit on the College transcript, or 

2) A student may elect to wait until the Spring semester to take CHM112, and after the successful completion of CHM112 by the student with a grade of C-minus or better, the CHM179 credit would be converted to CHM111 credit.  The student would need to contact the Chair of the Chemistry Department to ask for this conversion.

The Chemistry Department also recognizes the accomplishment of students who have performed well in an International Baccalaureate (IB) program or in an A-levels program.  If a student’s performance in chemistry courses as part of either an IB or A-level program is sufficiently high to be awarded F&M credit, then such credit will be considered in the same manner as AP credits in chemistry; i.e., a course credit for CHM179 will be awarded with the same conditions as noted above.